I've got a five year old that started on the Thomas stuff about age two. This has turned into all things train related, including watching real trains. A five year old railfan. He's been in the cab of a couple preserved steamers around here (N.E. Oh.) and remembers every location. Can't remember where he put his socks, but can recite the name of every railroad museum and display we've been to including what we saw there. Two weeks ago we were all driving down the road when he pipes up from the backseat that we should turn now, because we "needed" to see the train again. We'd stopped in behind and old rail station converted to a hardware store that has three engines behind it. A year and a half ago. Of course he assigns them names loosely based on what they resemble from the Thomas series.
Nice video Gino.
My guys turned three two weeks ago. They're now enrolled in gymnastics and Tai Kwan Do courtesy Grandma. They got a big Thomas table and roundhouse set and more trains. They're parking the toy cars side by side like a parking lot and trains always lined up on the track. Realism slowly creeping into the fun. A dancing Wall-E toy MUST be replaced atop the roundhouse at night and Sir Topham Hat MUST be brought to all derailments to supervise the cleanup.
That is how it went for my sons as well. My older boy (Dominic) has been obsessed with trains from 2 years on. It has turned into a hobby for all of us. Dominic, though a little more camera shy, was the brains behind this layout. The height (2ft), the reach distance (less than 2 ft in case they come off), and the number of independant lines (two loops, a railyard, and a factory spur) were all his specifications. We used Atlas software to lay it out, I did the computer operating, but he guided me based on what he wanted. I was never into model railroads, but now that we have done this I think it is pretty cool.
This morning, cups, cereal bowls, spoons, napkins....a breakfast train? NO! TWO breakfast trains. One from each of them.
In Pueblo Colorado there were three major bridges over the D&RGW, MP, Santa Fe, & Union Station tracks. We would drive over, I would see there were interesting trains down there but my parents wouldn't stop to let me look at them. So I would cry and cry.
If only they would have stopped. If I would have had a digital camera and a video camera! Green Frog Productions would be jealous. There was really good stuff back then.
Kid up the street turned two today. Also a severe Thomas and Cars(the Pixar film) addict.
Half the people at this party were talking about Strassburg. Thank God for trains and kids. Otherwise some of these nice people would have had to discuss their totally wrong political views.
Now why is my father-in-law still thinking that I'm planning a garden railway? The boys need the yard to be KIDS right now.
Happy to see this addiction is mostly benign. Lifetime condition too. Love reading your stories guys. Thanks.
matt had his first cab tour at 2 years old.for his third birthday we waited and the CP 2816 came to town.Now at 7 he likes to camp out at deshler and go see trains everywhere.lots of miles on the mattmobile.More trips to come.
Deshler Ohio-crossroads of the B&O Matt eats your fries.YUM! Clinton st viaduct undefeated against too tall trucks!!!(voted to be called the "Clinton St. can opener").
Been there, done that - except that I wasn't a twin and the O-27 train was MINE!!!
Fast forward (actually not that fast when lived through) an improper number of years. That two year old is now retired, and the double garage is slowly filling with the final-in-this-lifetime layout. The wheels still roll, the siderods still churn and I still love it!
What you have to look forward to is the adolescent years, when the train addiction will probably keep him well clear of other, less socially acceptable, activities.
What he has to look forward to is one solid anchor in a world of change.
Good luck to all three of you.